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My Shots are essentially our version of an Op-ed. These opinion pieces are either submitted to the paper, then vetted and edited by the opinion editor, or solicited based on our desires for hitting certain topics. My Shots are Moonshine Ink opinion pieces that must take a stance on an issue — typically starting with a problem, establishing an argument for your stance, then answering with a call to action.

Word limit for a traditional My Shot is 600 words, and as of 2021 we are accepting longer (1,000 word count limit) submissions on a case-by-case basis. Email editors@moonshineink.com to submit yours!

Squaw Development Spawns Yet Another Movement

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A community member writes about a local, timely topic.

The Chinese Question

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Racism toward Chinese people runs deep in Truckee’s history, which is a direct through-line to today’s ramp-up in anti-Asian sentiment and hate crimes. This My Shot addresses how we have to be vigilant against this continued threat.

A Community Ignored

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The Alpine Meadows community was not included in the decision-making process of four new Gazex avalanche mitigation exploders, and the community is shocked, appalled, and angry that explosive material untested in residential areas will be used this winter.

Masks and Privilege

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For someone who held the hands of COVID-19 patients, treating them for 40 to 60 hours a week and contracting the disease caused by the novel coronavirus herself, masking up is a social justice issue.

Clarifying Nevada County’s Plans for Hirschdale

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Nevada County’s community development agency director provides context for the reasoning behind jurisdictional decisions taking place around recreation access in the Hirschdale community.

Major Tax Dilemma for Locals

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One North Shore resident says the proposed TBID is taxation without representation in this My Shot.

Significance of the Time Persons of the Year

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As an activist, it has become apparent that not all share my passion to end the power imbalance that contributes to violence in our society. The time is ripe for this to change.

COVID Can’t Stop Environmental Stewardship

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COVID can’t stop environmental stewardship among Tahoe/Truckee’s youth, and SWEP’s staff have seen an increased awareness they hope to foster and grow in their outdoor programs.

Marching On

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For me, the Jan. 21 Women’s March signals the beginning of a new era, with citizens getting engaged to protect fragile civil liberties.

Liberty Utilities Doesn’t Own the Sun

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In this January My Shot, Peter Tucker takes issue with Liberty Utilities’ solar program, contending it must be easier and more cost effective for consumers.